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By Flaminio Squazzoni

ISBN-10: 0470711744

ISBN-13: 9780470711743

Most of the fascinating social phenomena of our time, corresponding to overseas terrorism, social inequality, and concrete ethnic segregation, are results of advanced kinds of agent interplay which are tough to watch methodically and experimentally. This e-book appears to be like at a brand new examine movement that uses complicated laptop simulation modelling concepts to highlight agent interplay that permits us to give an explanation for the emergence of social styles. It offers a style to pursue analytical sociology investigations that examine proper social mechanisms in quite a few empirical occasions, comparable to markets, city towns, and organisations. 

This book:

  • Provides a accomplished creation to epistemological, theoretical and methodological beneficial properties of agent-based modelling in sociology via a number of discussions and examples.
  • Presents the professionals and cons of utilizing agent-based types in sociology.
  • Explores agent-based versions in combining quantitative and qualitative elements, and micro- and macro degrees of analysis.
  • Looks at the best way to pose an agent-based study query, picking out the version development blocks, and the way to validate simulation results.
  • Features examples of agent-based versions that examine an important sociology issues.
  • Supported through an accompanying site that includes facts units and code for the types integrated within the book.


Agent-Based Computational Sociology is written in a typical sociological language and lines examples of versions that examine all of the conventional explanatory demanding situations of sociology. Researchers and graduate scholars interested by the sector of agent-based modelling and machine simulation in parts similar to social sciences, cognitive sciences and computing device sciences will take advantage of this book.

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This has more to do with general epistemological problems of model generalization and validation that are not relevant here (see Chapter 4 for details). Another important point to mention is that, obviously, not all these types have been equally explored, as analytic use is dominant in sociology. Moreover, this does not disqualify the added value of each type of model and its potential for the development of our discipline. Artificial societies are in-silico social system surrogates. Here, the modeler’s aim is to recreate forms of social life realistically with the computer so as to investigate social phenomena which cannot be looked at in empirical or experimental research for various reasons, for example, ethical/time/budget constraints or absence of data.

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